Vikings add Dom Capers to staff

The Minnesota Vikings have added Dom Capers to the coaching staff as
senior defensive assistant, the team announced today.

Capers enters his 33rd season as an NFL coach and his first season with the Vikings as Minnesota’s senior defensive assistant in 2020. He most recently served as the Jacksonville Jaguars senior defensive assistant during the 2019 season.

In 2019, Capers assisted a Jacksonville defense that ranked fourth overall in sacks per pass play (8.3%) and tied for 13th in the NFL in defensive fourth down efficiency (45.5%). Under Capers’ tutelage, Jaguars defensive ends Calais Campbell, Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue emerged as one of the NFL’s best pass-rushing trios. Campbell was selected to the Pro Bowl for a third time in as many seasons and was recognized with the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his off-the-field efforts. As a rookie, Allen led the team with 10.5 sacks, the most among all NFL rookies in 2019.

Capers’ 32-year NFL coaching career includes 25 seasons as a defensive coordinator or head coach. He spent four seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers (1995-98) and five years as head coach of the Houston Texans (2001-05), both NFL expansion teams. He has also held defensive coordinator duties for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2000), Miami Dolphins (2006-07) and Green Bay Packers (2009-
17).

Current Vikings Coaching Staff:

Mike Zimmer……………………Head Coach
Gary Kubiak …………………….Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach
Marwan Maalouf ………………Special Teams Coordinator
Andre Patterson……………….Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line
Adam Zimmer ………………….Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Dom Capers…………………….Senior Defensive Assistant
Rick Dennison………………….Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
Ryan Ficken…………………….Assistant Special Teams
Andrew Janocko ………………Wide Receivers
Christian Jones ………………..Offensive Quality Control
Daronte Jones …………………Defensive Backs
Derik Keyes …………………….Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Klint Kubiak……………………..Quarterbacks
Chaz Mahle……………………..Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Brian Pariani ……………………Tight Ends
AC Patterson …………………..Offensive Quality Control
Kennedy Polamalu……………Running Backs
Nick Rallis ……………………….Defensive Quality Control
Phil Rauscher ………………….Assistant Offensive Line
Mark Uyeyama…………………Director of Competition Development

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Jags’ Khan believes Marrone can lead the team to a Super Bowl

In 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the regular season 10-6 and were very close to going to the Super Bowl. In the AFC title game against the Patriots, the Jaguars had a lead late in the fourth quarter, but Tom Brady worked his magic, and Jacksonville would lose 24-20.

After that season, the Jaguars have struggled. Jacksonville has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and have a record of 11-21. 

Because of Jacksonville’s struggles, many thought that the Jaguars would fire head coach Doug Marrone, but that was not the case as Jaguars owner Shad Khan decided to part ways with Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin.

On Tuesday at a press conference, Khan explained why he felt it was in the team’s best interest to keep Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell. 

“The key question that I have to ask myself, ‘Is this the time to start over from where we were just two years ago?’ A game away from the Super Bowl. I know things change greatly year to year, but we’ve been closer more recently than many teams in the league. My feeling is that we can return to that place and go much faster to where we want to be if we can keep some things intact for 2020.

“We have a really good core of young players from our recent drafts. We have excellent draft capital. The message as the whole football organization as I met with them after our season was over, is the time to win is now. We have everything really in place with some of the changes to expect a good season. The results are going to speak for themselves a year from now, and we will all know if this is the right approach I took, and I will take full responsibility for it.”

This is Marrone’s last chance to turn things around for the Jaguars, and as we have seen in recent years, things can turn around very fast in the NFL, so if the Jaguars can have a good draft and bring in the right free agents, maybe things can turn around for this team in 2020. If not, Marrone and Caldwell are probably looking for new jobs. 

Jaguars hire Trent Baalke as Director of Player Personnel

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Trent Baalke as the Director of Player Personnel, the club announced today.

Baalke, a veteran of 20-plus years in the NFL, spent 12 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2005-16), including six seasons as the 49ers’ general manager from 2011-16. From 2017-19, Baalke worked for the NFL as a football operations consultant.

“I have known Trent for two decades and he’ll be a valuable addition to our personnel department,” said Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell. “He had a lot of success during his time in San Francisco and has proven that he has a great eye for talent and constructing a team, so we’re excited for him to be a part of the organization. We look forward to welcoming Trent and his wife, Beth, to Jacksonville, and we expect him to get involved immediately as we make decisions on our current roster and approach free agency.”

In Baalke’s six years as general manager with the 49ers, San Francisco totaled a 51-44 record, earning three consecutive NFC Championship appearances from 2011-13. In 2011, Baalke earned NFL executive of the Year, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, after helping transform a 6-10 team into a 13-3 team in his first season as general manager. During Baalke’s tenure overseeing all player acquisitions, beginning as the team’s vice president of player personnel, the 49ers produced 24 All-Pro selections and 35 Pro Bowl acknowledgements.

Baalke joined the 49ers as a western region scout prior to being promoted to director of pro personnel in 2007. He spent four years with the Washington Redskins scouting staff where he served as the college scouting coordinator in his final season. From 2001-03, he served as Washington’s national scout. Baalke started his NFL career as a personnel scout with the New York Jets from 1998-2000.

Prior to his NFL career, Baalke worked as a defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at South Dakota State from 1990-95 before working as the athletic director at Shanley High School in Fargo, N.D., in 1996 and 1997. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at North Dakota State in 1989 helping the team finish with a 14-0 record and Division II National Championship.

Super Bowl LIV was the most live-streamed Super Bowl in history

South Beach brought the heat as an average audience of 102.1 million tuned in for FOX Sports’ ninth Super Bowl presentation as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers (31-20) in Super Bowl LIV at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

The FOX broadcast network, including connected TV platforms, drew an average audience of 99.9 million viewership peaking at 103.5 million in the exciting conclusion to the NFL’s 100th season.

Key highlights are below:

 SUPER BOWL LIV ON FOX

  • Super Bowl LIV drew an average audience of 102.1 million across television (FOX and FOX Deportes) and digital (FOX, NFL, Verizon, Chiefs and 49ers properties)

  • 148.5 million viewers watched all or part of Super Bowl LIV

  • Super Bowl LIV drew an average audience of 99.9 million on the FOX broadcast network, up +1% over last year and the first year-over-year increase for the Super Bowl since 2015

  • FOX’s average audience represents the 10th most-watched Super Bowl ever, the 11th most-watched U.S. telecast ever and the fourth most-watched program in FOX history

  • Sunday’s game peaked at 103.5 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network during the 9:45-10:00 PM ET window as the Chiefs completed their historic comeback

  • Super Bowl LIV powered FOX to an easy win across all networks in prime time, and the 41.6/69 household rating/share is the highest-rated telecast of the broadcast season

  • Kansas City posted a 55.7/89 rating/share, the market’s best Super Bowl rating since 2014

  • San Francisco posted a 48.6/83 rating/share, the market’s best for a Super Bowl since 2016

PREGAME

  • The FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame show averaged 21.6 million viewers for its four and a half hours of programming on the FOX broadcast network from 2:00-6:41 PM ET, up +26% vs. last year’s comparable pregame coverage and the most-watched Super Bowl pregame since 2016

  • FOX SUPER BOWL KICKOFF pulled in an average audience of 4.5 million from 1:00-2:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network

  • FOX Sports Super Bowl LIV coverage began with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, which attracted an average audience of 1.3 million on the FOX broadcast network from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET, the show’s second most-watched telecast ever

  • The Presidential interview, which aired in the pregame show during the 3:30-3:45 PM ET window, drew 10.3 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network

 

HALFTIME

  • The Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, drew 104.1 million average viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes combined

 

DIGITAL

  • Super Bowl LIV is the most live-streamed Super Bowl in history, delivering an average minute audience of 3.4 million, up +30% over last year (vs. 2.6 million) and up +103% over FOX’s last Super Bowl stream in 2017 (vs. 1.7 million), according to Adobe Analytics

  • The Super Bowl LIV live streaming audience includes consumption across FOXSports.com, the FOX Sports app, FOXDeportes.com, the FOX Deportes app, the FOX NOW app, NFL digital properties including the NFL app, the NFL Fantasy mobile app, NFL.com, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers mobile properties and Verizon Media digital properties including the Yahoo Sports mobile app.

  • Super Bowl LIV was the single most talked-about U.S. television program since Super Bowl LII, generating 43.9 million interactions, up +36% over last year

  • Twitter conversation peaked at the end of the halftime show with 144,000 tweets at 8:26 PM ET

FOX DEPORTES

  • An average audience of 757,000 watched the game in Spanish on FOX Deportes’ linear channel, including connected TV devices, setting the record for the most-watched Super Bowl game in Spanish-language television history

  • FOX Deportes eclipsed its own record of 654,000 set in 2017 by +16%

  • FOX Deportes now holds the three highest-rated Spanish-language telecasts in Super Bowl history

Mahomes becomes the youngest quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl LIV Most Valuable Player.

Mahomes led Kansas City back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, tied for the second-largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Chiefs became the first team to record three comebacks of at least 10 points in a single postseason in NFL history.

This is the 30th time that a quarterback has won the award and at 24 years and 138 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback and third-youngest player to win the Super Bowl MVP award.

The youngest players to win Super Bowl MVP:

PLAYER

TEAM

SUPER BOWL

AGE

Marcus AllenHOF

L.A. Raiders

XVIII

23 years, 302 days

Lynn SwannHOF

Pittsburgh

X

23 years, 317 days

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

LIV

24 years, 138 days

Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Jags’ Calais Campbell named 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Jacksonville Jaguars Defensive End Calais Campbell was named the 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, the league announced on Saturday.

Considered the league’s most prestigious honor, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON. The announcement was made during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special held at Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami in that will air nationally at 8 PM (ET and PT) on FOX tonight.

For the second time ever, prior to kickoff of Super Bowl LIV, all 32 Man of the Year nominees will be recognized on-field, as a testament to each of their contributions to the game and to their communities. The Man of the Year Nominee Pregame Moment will include the 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Philadelphia Eagles Legend CHRIS LONG, handing the award off to Campbell as he is introduced as the 2019 recipient.

“Calais Campbell’s impact extends far beyond the field, into communities throughout Phoenix, Jacksonville and beyond,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “During his 12 seasons in the league, he has been a tremendous role model for the youth he serves through his CRC Foundation and is incredibly deserving of the league’s most prestigious honor.”

“Campbell is an inspiration to us all. He’s an awesome leader on and off the field, using his time and talent to make a positive difference for others,” said Nationwide Chief Marketing Officer RAMON JONES. “Nationwide congratulates Campbell on being selected among the best-of-the-best for this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.”

This was the third time in Campbell has been named his team’s Man of the Year, receiving the Arizona Cardinals’ nomination for the award in both 2011 and 2014. Campbell has been selected for the Pro Bowl four times and was named the 2020 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP. In 2009, Campbell formed the CRC Foundation alongside his mother Natea and has engaged in numerous charitable initiatives throughout his 12-year NFL career. The CRC Foundation, which is named for his late father, Charles, who passed away in 2003, is committed to the enhancement of the community through the teaching of critical life skills to young people. Through sports, creative talents, vocational skills, financial skills and quality health and nutrition, the CRC Foundation is dedicated to developing young people into empowered and self-aware leaders for the future.

This season, Campbell started Season of Giving, a fundraising campaign based on his on-field performance. Campbell pledged a specific dollar amount for several metrics: $1,000 for a Jaguars win, $5,00 for a sack, $2500 for half of sack, $2000 for a tackle for loss and $10,00 for a blocked kick/turnover. The CRC Foundation chose four deserving charities as part of his Season of Giving, with funds going to Feeding Northeast Florida in September, the Clara White Mission in October, the Wounded Warrior Project in November and United Way in December. Prior to the return to his hometown when the Jaguars faced the Broncos on Sept. 29, 2019, Calais donated an additional $5,000 each to several Denver-based charities: the Beckwourth Outdoor Education, Denver Police Athletic League, Hiawatha Davis Rec Center and the Rose Andom Center.

Campbell was the 2018 recipient of the Bart Starr Award, given annually to the NFL player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field and the winner of the 2015 Pop Warner Humanitarian Award. He annually hosts Christmas with Calais, a holiday shopping spree for local kids who have completed extra lessons in financial literacy and donates meals during Thanksgiving to families in need. Campbell has also dedicated time and resources to the Ronald McDonald House, the benefactor of his foundation’s bowling event in 2018.

In the spring of 2018, Campbell hosted a coding camp alongside Microsoft and the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, providing 25 kids with the chance to learn more about career opportunities in technology. In June 2019, he welcomed 250 kids at the Calais Campbell JaxPAL Youth Football and STEM Camp, combining his football acumen and interest in mentoring today’s youth through education. Campbell has also made semi-weekly visits to Northwestern Middle School as part of his CRC Book Club, fostering a reading-friendly community at an underperforming school in Downtown Jacksonville. Additionally, he makes appearances at colleges and high schools around Northeast Florida, to offer encouragement to students and have open conversations about social justice issues.

Campbell will receive a donation of $250,000, which will go to a charity of his choice. All other 31 nominees will receive a donation of up to $50,000 in their name to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

Ex-Chief Tamba Hali on Reid: ‘Getting this win obviously will make him one of the greatest coaches of all time’

On Sunday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has an opportunity to cement his legacy. With a victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl 54, Reid will capture his first Super Bowl title as a head coach. 

During his 21-year coaching career with the Eagles and Chiefs, Reid has amassed 207 career wins, including seven trips to conference title games. Reid is seventh in wins in NFL history and is second behind Bill Belichick among active coaches.    

According to former Chiefs LB Tamba Hali, if Reid can win on Sunday, he will be one of the greatest coaches of all-time.

“Getting this win will obviously make him one of the greatest coaches of all time.. 

“I know the guys that came before him did some great things, but at least top five in all-time coaching,” Hali told TMZ Sports. 

This is Reid’s best chance to win a Super Bowl. Kansas City has the best quarterback in football and probably has the best offense in football, and unlike last season, the Chiefs have a competent defense, which is all they ever really needed.  

It appears to be the Chiefs’ time, and on Sunday, expect Kansas City and Reid to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, which will make Reid’s legacy complete and put him down as one of the best coaches in NFL history.

Kubiak named Vikings’ offensive coordinator

In a move that has been speculated for weeks, the Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak to be their offensive coordinator. In 2019, Kubiak was the Assistant Head Coach/ Offensive Coordinator with the team. 

Kubiak will replace departed offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, who was recently hired as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The 58-year-old Kubiak will enter his 25th season as an NFL coach holding the title as the Vikings offensive coordinator/assistant head coach in 2020. As a team, the Vikings climbed from 30th in the NFL in rushing offense in 2018 to sixth in 2019. The Vikings posted a 3,000-yard passer (3,602 by Kirk Cousins), a 1,000-yard rusher (1,135 by Dalvin Cook), and a 1,000-yard receiver (1,130 by Stefon Diggs) while sending Cousins, Cook, and fullback C.J. Ham to the Pro Bowl. The Vikings offense recorded 45 touchdowns, the highest total since 2009. Kubiak helped Cousins to the best season of his career with a 107.4 passer rating and a 26-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Also, the Vikings made the following coaching moves:

Andre Patterson Adam Zimmer – Co-Defensive Coordinators

Andrew Janocko  Wide Receivers

Daronte Jones – Defensive Backs

Phil Rauscher – Assistant Offensive Line

Mahomes: ‘I know I can’t juke like Lamar(Jackson), but I feel like I can extend plays’

Coming into the playoffs, if we were going to talk about any quarterback leading his team in rushing, it would have been Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, and while Jackson did rush for 143 yards against the Titans in the Divisional Round, it was in a losing effort. 

With Jackson out of the playoffs, another running QB has stepped up, and that’s Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. The two-time Pro Bowl QB has led Kansas City in rushing in these playoffs with 106 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown run against Tennessee in the AFC title game, as the Chiefs advanced to Super Bowl 54 after defeating the Titans 35-24 on Sunday. 

We all know Mahomes can’t run like Jackson, but he is a mobile quarterback that has made a lot of plays with his legs in these playoffs.

“I mean, I watch everybody in the league and see what guys are doing,” Mahomes said on Wednesday. “I think you do that as a quarterback as you watch all these great players. For me, I know I can’t juke like Lamar, but I feel like I can extend plays. When I watch similar opponents, like when I watched Lamar playing the 49ers and seeing him extend plays, I know that’s some stuff I can take away. I can’t run at the same agility or speed he does.”

Mahomes likes to get the ball downfield, and against the Titans, he used his scrambling ability when he connected with Sammy Watkins on a 60-yard touchdown pass, and on Wednesday, Mahomes explained what happened on that play.

“I think it’s something I’ve always done whenever I’m scrambling, I always keep my eyes downfield,” Mahomes explained. “I’ve never been the fastest guy, so I’ve always wanted to get to guys like Tyreek (Hill), Mecole (Hardman), Travis (Kelce), guys like them, Sammy Watkins. For me, actually, in that play, I left the pocket a little too early because they did kind of a stunt with the D-line, and I thought I could run for it, but as I saw it develop, I knew I had to reset in the pocket. As I did that, I got back through my reads, and Sammy was my guy to go to anyways, and he did a good job fighting through a holding penalty and getting down the field. I was able to get the ball to him in enough time that he could score a touchdown.”

The third-year quarterback will probably have to use his scrambling ability against the 49ers, who have nine sacks in these playoffs, so don’t be surprised if Mahomes continues to use his arm and legs in Super Bowl 54.

Accorsi on Eli: ‘He won championships, and he was always there giving us a chance to win’

Eli Manning is ready to write the final chapter of his historic career.

One of the best, most popular and most decorated players in Giants history, Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner and most valuable player, will announce his retirement Friday, ending a 16-year career spent entirely with the team he joined in a draft-day trade in 2004.

“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.”

“We are proud to have called Eli Manning our quarterback for so many years,” said Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president. “Eli was driven to always do what was best for the team. Eli leaves a timeless legacy with two Super Bowl titles on the field and his philanthropic work off the field, which has inspired and impacted so many people. We are sincerely thankful for everything Eli has given our team and community. He will always be a Giant among Giants.”

Ernie Accorsi was the general manager who traded for Manning. Though he retired after the 2006 season, Accorsi has remained a member of the Giants family and has followed Manning’s career closely.

“I learned very early that you evaluate quarterbacks on their ability to win championships, and to do it late in a game when the game is on the line, that they’re able to take a team down the field and into the end zone to win a title,” Accorsi said. “The second thing is to know that over a period of years, he’s always going to be there. Those kinds of quarterbacks always give you a chance to win, and for 16 years, he did that for this franchise. He won championships and he was always there giving us a chance to win. I don’t know how you can ask more from a quarterback.”

Manning’s first 183 regular-season and 11 postseason starts were for Tom Coughlin, the Giants’ head coach from 2004-15.

“It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli, and to go through the wonderful and magnificent moments that he and his teammates provided for all of us in the world championship ‘07-‘08 and ’11-’12 seasons,” Coughlin said. “The New York Giants, flagship franchise of the National Football League, have four world championships You have four trophies sitting there. You have (Phil) Simms, you have (Jeff) Hostetler, and you have Eli for two. Eli Manning not only is the quarterback on those great teams, but he is the MVP of the Super Bowls. He’s an incredible big- game performer. You talk about a guy that’s great to coach, focused every day, took tremendous pride in preparing, practice, had a great sense of humor, was a cynic in the locker room. But the guys loved him and they loved him for it, and they played for him. The guys that had the opportunity to play with him know what it’s like to be with a guy with as much talent, as much grit, as much determination.

“Here goes the retirement of a great, great football Giant. I and my coaching staff and our teams from 2004 right through 2015, for me at least, my part, hold Eli in the highest respect and congratulate him and his family, and his mom and dad, for all of the wonderful, wonderful experiences he’s had, and the happiness and pride that he has brought to the entire Giants family, the fanfare, the fans, the family and everyone that’s taken so much pride from his performances and for what he’s meant. He’s always been there to make the call, to stand up and represent the Giants in the best possible way.”

Manning is one of the most accomplished players in the 95 seasons of Giants football. He is the only player in franchise history to suit up for 16 seasons and his 236 regular-season games (234 starts) and 248 total games are both Giants records.

From Nov. 21, 2004 through Nov. 23, 2017, Manning started 210 consecutive regular-season games, then the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history (to Brett Favre’s 297). After sitting out one game, he started the next 22 in a row, giving him 232 starts in 233 games – plus 12 postseason games. Manning never missed a game because of injury.

“I can’t tell you what that means to a coach, to be able to prepare every week knowing your starter is going to be there,” Coughlin said. “It’s almost impossible today to be able to do that. Some teams are fortunate. Many teams it doesn’t happen to. You get a guy nicked, you get him hurt. I remember once he was hurt with a shoulder. He didn’t practice all week. We didn’t know if he’d be alright. He started and played the whole game and played well. It meant a great deal to us to be able to prepare knowing he was going to be on the field and be the starting quarterback for all of those games.”

Manning led the Giants to victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII (when they defeated a Patriots team that was 18-0) and XLVI. In each game, he led the Giants on a long fourth-quarter drive to erase a fourth-quarter deficit. On Feb. 3, 2008, it was a 12-play, 83-yard march highlighted by Dave Tyree’s famous helmet catch and the 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining that gave the Giants a 17-14 victory. Four years later, the decisive series covered 88 yards in nine plays, most memorably a 38-yard sideline throw to Mario Manningham and Ahmad Bradshaw’s seat-of-his-pants one-yard touchdown run for a 21-17 triumph.

Manning won the Rozelle Trophy as the game’s most valuable player each time. He is the only Giants player to win the award twice and is one of just five players in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards. All of them are quarterbacks (Tom Brady, 4; Joe Montana, 3; Terry Bradshaw and Bart Starr, 2 apiece).

Manning is one of 21 quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl without losing one and one of 12 to win at least two Super Bowls.

In 2016, Manning was the co-recipient (with Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a fellow member of the 2004 draft class) of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. He is the only Giants player to be so honored in the award’s 49-year history.

Manning owns every significant Giants career passing record. He is sixth in NFL history with 8,119 attempts and seventh with 4,895 completions, 57,023 yards and 366 touchdown passes. Manning also has the franchise’s highest career completion percentage (60.29). Manning holds the seven highest single-season completion totals and the four highest yardage totals (he threw for more than 4,000 yards seven times) and completion percentages. He was selected to four Pro Bowls.

Manning also excelled in the postseason, when he had an 8-4 record. He set Giants career playoff records with 400 passes, 242 completions, 2,815 yards and 18 touchdown passes.

In the recently-concluded 2019 season, Manning played four games. He started the first two games before being replaced by Daniel Jones, the sixth overall selection in the draft last year.  Jones sprained his ankle against Green Bay on Dec. 1 and Manning started the next two games, a Monday night game in Philadelphia and the following Sunday at home vs. Miami. Manning threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-20 victory over the Dolphins and left the game to a long and loud ovation with 1:54 remaining. The victory evened his regular-season record at 117-117.

Off the field, Manning has been one of the most giving Giants, donating his time and money to numerous civic and charitable causes. He heads the Tackle Kids Cancer Initiative at Hackensack UMC and he launched “Eli’s Challenge” by pledging to match grassroots donations from local organizations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. He and his family built “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics” at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Miss. Manning supports numerous other charities, including Children’s of Mississippi Capital Campaign, March of Dimes, New York March for Babies, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, American Red Cross, Scholastic’s Classroom Care Program and the PeyBack Foundation.

Fittingly, one of the many awards he has received for his work in the community is the Ernie Accorsi Humanitarian Award at the National Football Foundation.

“That’s what it’s all about – it’s about giving back,” Coughlin said. “You think that the good Lord gave you these tools for you to hold inside you and be selfish about it? No chance. He goes out in the community, he’s himself when he’s out there. He’s done a tremendous amount of work for the Jay Fund (Coughlin’s charity foundation, which benefits the families of children with cancer). He goes to see cancer kids over in Hackensack and throughout New York City. His heart is in the right place.”

Next week in Hollywood, Fla., Manning will be presented with the 2020 Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. The award, bearing the name of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bart Starr, honors Starr’s lifelong commitment to serving as a positive role model to his family, teammates and community. Manning was selected by his peers in the NFL, making it the only award – other than the Pro Bowl – voted on by all the players.

Coughlin was three months into his 12-year tenure as the Giants’ coach when Manning joined the team roughly an hour after the San Diego Chargers selected him first in the 2004 NFL Draft. Picking fourth, the Giants selected another quarterback, Philip Rivers. Accorsi then engineered a trade that brought Manning to the team he had hoped to play for all along. The Giants sent Rivers, their third-round choice in 2004 (No. 65 overall), and first and fifth-round picks in the 2005 draft to the Chargers for Manning.

“(The late Beano) Cook told me once, ‘You could be on the first civilian flight to Mars, and the first line of your obituary is going to be that you traded for Eli Manning,’” Accorsi said. “No question about that. I’m honored to be associated with Eli Manning in every way possible, as a person and as a player.”

So is everyone else who had the privilege of working with Manning for 16 years.